Bass Camp 2021
31st October to 6th November
7th November to 13th November
Paul has been a member of Jamiroquai since 2005 and has featured on all the band’s subsequent recordings and live performances.
He is also known for being part of Annie Lennox’s band from 2002, playing bass on numerous world tours, recordings and huge events such as Live 8.
Now you have the opportunity to spend a week living alongside Paul, being tutored and mentored by him in all aspects of, not only Bass playing, but music and the music industry in general. All in the magnificent setting of Spain's Sierra Nevada mountains.
Paul's recording credits include album releases by music icons such as: Tina Turner, Bryan Ferry, Tom Jones, George Michael and Seal and he has also toured with soul legends such as Sister Sledge and Lamont Dozier, pop giants like Take That and Will Young and national icon Sir Cliff Richard.
His live experience ranges from worldwide club, theatre, festival and arena tours, and iconic and diverse venues from Hollywood Bowl to Ronnie Scott’s, Madison Square Garden to Sydney Harbour...... even as part of a Guinness World Record gig aboard a plane!
He continues to record with both established and new artistes and is the bassist for UK funk band Brother Strut and has recently played bass on all tracks for upcoming releases by The Power Station and The Lighthouse Family.
With a maximum of only 7 students on the course, tuition is tailored to suit individual needs and abilities in a safe and comfortable environment where we support and help each other to improve. There'll be no judgment and no competitiveness.
"I want to help you to progress on your instrument in any and every way I can: but more than that, I want to help you become better musicians, getting ever more satisfaction from your musical endeavours.
I won’t be forcing you to do anything you don’t want to do and I’ll always respect your right to "pass on this one’ - although I do hope you try new things.
I'll encourage you to ask questions- no question is ‘stupid’... Ask me to go back over stuff.... Pause me while you write something down... take a video note... Whatever helps you to progress. Oh, and I'm sure we'll talk gear too....."
The week caters for players of all styles and abilities. Whether you've been playing for years or are returning after a break, the relaxed and individually tailored approach means that you will see real progress over the course of the week. A belief in focusing on getting the fundamentals right means that everything will be relevant to you, irrespective of your ability.
Tuition will be a mixture of group and individual sessions and, as well as focusing on your technique, we will explore a range of skills to improve your playing and musicianship, such as:
Bass line construction
Rhythmic and Harmonic approaches
Development of strong "Inner Time"
and much more...
In addition, in the evening after Dinner we can all relax and talk about whatever comes up. It can be music related or not. We will, however, offer a range of short talks on topics like:
Getting the most from your available practice time
Cognitive Learning techniques to accelerate development
Dealing with Performance Anxiety
Copyright & IP protection
But if you'd prefer you can just relax, have a drink and ask questions in an informal environment. The house has a number of communal areas so you're free to join in or chill out somewhere else. Whatever you feel like.
There is space for non-playing partners to stay and there are plenty of places for them to explore while you are playing during the day.
Or they can just relax by the pool.....
Situated in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains and only 20 minutes outside the beautiful historic city of Granada, Cortijo La Mata offers relaxed seclusion, a heated pool and easy access to the famous hanging bridges of the Los Cahorras.
For partners or for free time there is so much to do locally. The village of Monachil is a 10 minute walk and is a typical Andalusian village with a selection of great restaurants and bars. The house is on the route of the Los Cahorras gorge walk with its famous hanging bridges, and the historic city of Granada and the stunning Alhambra Palace are just 20 minutes away by bus from the village.
Fees are all inclusive and cover:
Tuition resources - Worksheets, Music etc.
Transfer to and from Malaga Airport *
Accommodation for 6 Nights
Breakfast, Lunch and 3 course Evening meal (except for one free evening)
All Wine, Beers and Soft Drinks